Mandy Len Catron
“Not everyone who eats imagines herself a dietician, but nearly everyone who has loved -- which is nearly everyone -- presumes to know something about how to do it right. Most advice is given for the same reason homeowners tell you to buy and renters tell you to rent. The goal is not to make someone else's life better, but rather to assure the advice giver of her own choices.”
Mandy Len Catron’s essay “To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This” caused a sensation when it first appeared in the New York Times’ “Modern Love” column, and was one of the most popular articles published by the Times in 2015. She has since expanded her essay to a book-length collection of candid, vulnerable, and wise essays that takes a closer look at what it means to love someone, be loved, and how we present our love to the world. How to Fall in Love with Anyone "melds science and emotion beautifully into a thoughtful and thought-provoking meditation” (Bookpage). She uses biologists’ research into dopamine triggers to ask whether the need to love is an innate human drive. She uses literary theory to show why we prefer certain kinds of love stories. She urges us to question the unwritten scripts we follow in relationships and looks into where those scripts come from. And she tells the story of how she decided to test an experiment that she’d read about—where the goal was to create intimacy between strangers using a list of thirty-six questions—and ended up in the surreal situation of having millions of people following her brand-new relationship.
“In our age of total romantic confusion, Mandy Len Catron is a voice of good sense, warm humor and consoling wisdom. Through the lens of her own relationships, she teaches us—with a deft, convincing intelligence—some of the vital moves in the art of love.” —Alain de Botton, author of How Proust Can Change Your Life and The Course of Love
A highly sought after speaker on the power of narrative and storytelling around the world, Catron’s talk is a mainstay on TED.com and her blog on love and love stories at The Love Story Project. Catron was a finalist for the 2018 RCB Taylor Prize and the Kobo Emerging Writer Award. Her writing can be found in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Rumpus, The Washington Post, and The Walrus as well as literary journals and anthologies. She teaches creative writing in Vancouver, BC.